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West End Centre, Aldershot, Saturday 2 July to Sunday 24 July

Aldershot Military Museum Wednesday 27 July to Sunday 7 August

A group of talented young people has curated Anemoic Rise, a photography exhibition which is being displayed in two Hampshire Cultural Trust venues in Aldershot this summer. The exhibition displays a collection of photographs, shot at Aldershot Military Museum, which take a new look at the museum and show different perspectives of the site. The exhibition and its creation are part of the ICE Heritage project run by Hampshire Cultural Trust (HCT) in partnership with Hampshire CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service).

Working with professional photographer, Paul Gonnella, for 10 weeks earlier this year, the young people involved in the project developed technical skills and a creative eye, working with different types of cameras and learnt skills ranging from light painting to developing their own film negatives.

One young person commented, “I can not only use my camera much better than before, I can see things in a more artistic way, too”.

One family member of a project participant commented, “I loved seeing the young people’s photography. It gave me a completely new view of the museum – so much outdoor space that goes unnoticed”.

Another remarked, “What a fantastic showcase of what the young people have achieved over the past ten weeks. It’s great they had the opportunity to display their work in such a professional manner and they’ve clearly enjoyed their time on the project”.

The ICE Heritage project works with young people who are known to CAMHS, waiting for therapy, receiving treatment or recently discharged and aims to promote positive mental health and emotional wellbeing in young people through access to local heritage and high-quality creative activity with professional artists. Over two years, the project’s programme will continue to enable young people to establish their independent journeys to improved, long-term wellbeing within their local communities.

The ICE Heritage project is funded by National Lottery Heritage Fund and Sussex NHS Foundation Trust.  

To find out more about Anemoic Rise, ICE Heritage and Hampshire Cultural Trust please visit https://www.westendcentre.co.uk/whats-on/exhibitions